I was thinking about how much of music do we enjoy because the music is inherently "good" and how much do we like because it is familiar. I went to Lake Powell with a bunch of friends and I didn't listen to much of my music down there. Some of the songs bugged, but I also got into other ones.
It makes you wonder if you walked for a week listening to someone else's music, would you be mostly frustrated? Would you approach it with wonder and discover new HipHop, Country and/or Top40 that you liked? Or would you discover that band that no body has heard of that you liked long before anybody else.
So I am going to do this little social experiment. I want to get a few people together to swap ipods for a week and then talk about the experience. I hope I get some people who have completely different tastes than me (meaning that you don't listen to a LOT of Insane Clown Posse).
Here are the simple rules:
- Let me know you want to be in the contest, by making a comment to this post..
- I will do a random drawing
- Swap ipods (at least 4 Gigs of music please) Either in the mail or I will facilitate at my house.
- Listen to the ipod at MINIMUM whenever you are in your car.
- NO MUSIC SKIPPING, ride it out. Let it flow through you.
- You can listen to playlists, or on random, but you can't just look for familiar artists or bands you have wanted to hear.
- Whatever you do DON'T SYNC THE OTHER PERSONS POD TO YOU COMPUTER!
- Swap iPods back and blog (or facebook or whatevs about your experience)
- Mention your best experience and worst experience with the ipod
I think this is interesting also because of the state of digital music. According to DRM rights you don't actually own that copy of music, I can't lend you an album. I don't even know if this is entirely legal, but I know that it is right.
GET IN MINE EARS!
- You assume all risk (all artistic enterprises are inherently risky)